Jan. 11th, 2012 09:24 am
Getting Ariel up the steps would be my problem! ;)

A couple of Mondays ago Ariel broke the headpiece (piece that goes behind the ears) of her bridle. Unfortunately you can't buy the individual pieces of a bridle, fortunately I know how to make them! 
Luckily the headpiece is the easiest part of the bridle to make. As Ariel's bridle is a show bridle the throatlash is a separate piece, this meant I didn't even need to sew on a buckle :) I also lucked out on having a piece of black bridle leather that was long enough & the right width.


More... picture rich. )


I'd really like it to warm up now... even just to -15C would be nice... -20C is just too cold to be fair on Ariel to bring her in & ride.

Well after the last experience I decided to lunge Ariel a few times before riding her again... seems like it paid off because tonight's ride was like riding my 12 y/o well trained horse again... I was very happy!


Much horse talk... )


Apparently yesterday was the hottest day so far this summer... I took advantage of it by giving Ariel a bath... so now I have a horse who is actually the colour she's supposed to be! I got drenched in the process, rinsing something that is higher than you has the effect of making the water stream down your arms, body & legs! I put her summer sheet on once she was dry enough because, as she proved moments after turning her back out, her first action after a bath is to roll in the dirt... oh well at least the majority of her will stay clean!

Friday morning, before heading of to Silverwolf, I went down to the barn to meet up with the vet... it was time for Ariel's yearly check up... teeth were floated, vaccines were given.

When I brought her in I noticed she had some weird marks on her back end:

I could not fathom what had caused them... looked too high for kick scuffs & they weren't painful for her...

Mystery was solved tonight, I asked Wendi... muddy tail lashes! If they had been further forward I probably would have figured it out but seeing them up on her butt like that was kinda odd... that's quite the angle she's got to get.

It took me over an hour to get my horse clean before I could ride her... rubber curry comb to get the mud off, stiff brush to get the worst of the dust off & then a soft brush to get the dust out of her actual coat... here are some before & after pictures take with my phonePictures... )

Pole Work

Apr. 30th, 2010 01:45 pm
So I'm thinking of doing some trotting pole work with Ariel tonight as a precursor to jumping... for the non-horsie peeps that means putting jump poles on the ground at set distances that get the horses to pay attention to their feet & get their striding right coming up to a jump. Although many people call them trotting poles, they can also be used for canter & so this is ofter referred to a pole work... can you see where this is leading?

Anyway I Google "trotting pole distances" & get lots of good sensible equestrian sites... nothing that looks dodgy as far as I can tell. There's one that's www.equestrianandhorse.com/training/pole_work.html  which I'm pretty sure is a legit equestrian site with what I need on it... however I have no way of confirming that because my work took one look at "pole_work" and gave me this message:

Now I have to wait until I get home to see what it's all about!

However I did find:

Trotting poles are an average of 4 to 4 1/2 feet apart, depending on the stride of the horse. If you are working in a group setting with many different sized horses, you'll just have to watch them and adjust them to the average distance.
Canter poles may be spaced anywhere from 9 to 12 feet, again depending on the horse and also on how forward the horse is moving and what comes after the canter poles. I would try about 10 feet first and then adjust accordingly.

On average a horse will canter 3.65 meters with every canter stride and you need to allow approximately 1.9 for take off and 1.9 for landing when jumping from canter.

The distance in between poles on average is:

Walk poles - 0.90cm apart.
Trot poles - 1.25 m apart.
Canter - 3 m apart.
One stride double - 5.5 to 6m when approached from trot and 5.5 to 7.5 when approached from canter.
A two stride double - 11 to 14 m when approached in canter.
Related four/five stride double - 18 to 25 m.
Bounce from trot - 2.75 to 3.65 m
Bounce from canter -3.65 to 4 m.

Where and how you place the poles may depend on your purpose in setting ground poles in the first place. If your intention is to get the horse to pay attention to his feet and adjust his stride, you may want to vary the distance. If you are working on the rider's ability to judge distances and set the horse up properly, the specific distances, based on the horse's stride may be in order.

Horsemen in the Afghan capital, Kabul, compete in the game of Buzkashi, in which two teams flight to throw the carcass of a goat into a scoring circle.

According to Wikipedia a non-mounted version is already played in the SCA.

So how do you go about inlaying copper into iron?

Stirrup, 975–1075
Anglo-Scandinavian, possibly from southern England
Iron inlaid with copper alloy

10 x 5 1/2 in. (25.4 x 14 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1947 (47.100.23)

Though the Vikings are best known as seafaring warriors, through contact with Europe they grew ever more adept as cavalrymen. Changes in stirrup design gave a tactical advantage in that they permitted a warrior to shift his weight onto the stirrups and thereby wield his weapons with greater height and force. This stirrup, decorated with a distinctive technique of iron inlay, is of a type found in England and may have been introduced in the renewed Viking attacks at the end of the tenth century.

Info from the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Jan. 6th, 2010 01:45 pm

So... I've been thinking about making a set of fabric heraldic barding

BNF Français 2695, folio 45v; collection of the National Library of France; Provence, around 1460

using applique... I know very little about it & nothing about how it was done in period... I was wondering if the hive mind had any pointers for me!

I have been browsing the classifieds for a horse trailer... there's a very nice one for sale right now so I sent off a little enquiry. The problem is that I can't afford a trailer AND a truck at this point in time (a trailer's pushing it!) Why is this a problem?... Buy a trailer & rent a truck... nope... rental companies will not let you tow with their trucks... voids the insurance apparently.

Well that puts a kibosh on taking Ariel anywhere.


Poor Horse

Nov. 16th, 2009 07:52 am
Not sure this guy needs the horse, he seems to be pretty good at getting air without one!

This is a clip of a very well trained jumping horse with the patience of a saint who is probably being untrained with every jump...
will actually be for me!!
It looks simpler than the stuff I just did but it's actually going to take a lot more work because I don't really have much to go on at this point... time to get researching!


May. 19th, 2009 08:48 pm
Avec horse, sans decoration:

Avec decoration, sans horse:

At some point I'll get it all together!

Snow horsie

Oct. 1st, 2007 12:13 pm
 For me!

Quad War

Jul. 1st, 2007 11:48 am
Well it looks like I'm not going to make it to Quad this year... which seriously sux because I was looking forward to it like you wouldn't believe... I have no way of getting Ariel there & playing the game with her is the only thing that would out weigh the finances of attending. Yes a miracle might happen, I have sent out a message to see if anyone else is going & has room for an extra horse, but I'm not holding my breath.


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